The NSW RFS administers and manages funds to support works and projects with bush fire risk mitigation works throughout NSW that increase the resilience of NSW communities to bush fires.
Funding is allocated in accordance with BFCC Policy 1/2011 – Allocation Principles for Funding of Bush Fire Mitigation Works.
There are a number of different streams in which grants funding can be allocated. This includes from the NSW RFS budget as well as State and Commonwealth funded programmes which are managed and administered by the Service.
The following grants are funded through the NSW RFS budget:
The Natural Disaster Resilience Programme (NDRP) is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and NSW Government. Funding streams available under this NDRP includes the:
- Bush Fire Grants Scheme
- Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme
The NDRP is managed by the Office of Emergency Management, Department of Justice and more information can be found on their website.
Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Grants Programme
This funding programme assist public land managers / owners to undertake bush fire mitigation works, to provide access for fire fighting, and to support projects that increase the resilience of NSW communities to bush fire. The funding is available to supplement resources of public land managers/owners to enable additional works to be implemented.
Local Councils, State Government Agencies and Forestry Corporation are all eligible to apply for grant under this programme. Applications must be made via the NSW RFS online Grant Funding Portal https://funding.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
The Application Guide provides an overview of the Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Programme along with information that will assist with the preparation and submission of applications. Checklists are available detailing the key requirements for applications for:
Round 1 funding under the 2017/18 Bush Fire Risk Mitigation and Resilience Programme closed on 2 June 2017. More than $4 million was allocated in this round of funding and approvals have been issues to applicants.
Round 2 of the programme closed on 17 November 2017 and the Service is now assessing the applications submitted. There are also arrangements in place for agencies to submit applications at any time and request a priority assessment of urgent hazard reduction burning activities outside the designated rounds of funding.
Brigade Mitigation Support Programme
This funding programme supports NSW RFS Brigades in carrying out hazard reduction burning activities across the State. Funding is available to increase hazard reduction burning activities conducted by NSW RFS Brigades. Funding applications for this programme are prepared through the NSW RFS District Office, and are submitted by a NSW RFS manager (or above) via the NSW RFS online Grant Funding Portal https://funding.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
The Application Guide provides an overview of the Brigade Mitigation Support Programme along with information that will assist with the preparation and submission of applications.
For more information on applying for grants funding please see the Application Guide. You can contact the Grants and Coordination Programmes via email Bushfiregrantprogrammes@rfs.nsw.gov.au or via phone on 02 8741 5493.